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Poster: Rocky Seven Date: Nov 15, 2009 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Actually, I got my Pirate show driving Hwy 99 around Turlock, California about 2004 on my way to wedding in Santa Fe. Mostly Road House Blues and mostly 5000 watts. KPIG and KVHS ran a close 2nd from renew to renew.

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Poster: DianaW Date: Nov 15, 2009 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Thanks. Pirate Radio is apparently a bit "off" historically in a few ways. According to my 16 year old, who saw it last night (and who does not always have his facts straight about classic rock, so take it for what it's worth), there is a scene where the ship is taking on water and everybody's scrambling to get off and rescue as many of their belongings as they can, and this one guy turns out to have a huge secret stash of Grateful Dead records, and he's frantically trying to rescue several crates' worth of them. Ends up only able to salvage one record, is desperately trying to choose his favorite, and my son couldn't tell me which one it was ("it had a flashy cover").

Then somebody else gets a look at it, says "That's not a good record!" and tosses it overboard. Deadhead is devastated, others are laughing at him.

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Poster: B. Stockwell Date: Nov 15, 2009 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Me, posting obscurities: the final episode of the third season of "Danger Man," starring the late Patrick McGoohan and broadcast in The States as "Secret Agent," was an espionage riff on pirate radio. Titled "Not-So Jolly Roger," it depicted pirates broadcasting from an abandoned oil rig of the English coast. It gave a fairly lucid explanation of the pirate radio scene. Sadly, the station was actually a front for the transmission of secrets to - Golly! - enemy submarines. Bugger.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled forum . . .

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 15, 2009 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

I knew all our brit Forumites would come thru...it was interesting learning all this...can't wait to see the movie, in spite of the short-comings...I like Phil Seymour Hoffman or whatever his multiple first name name is.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 15, 2009 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

I didn't say a word.


Did anyone mention that it was called 'The Boat That Rocked' when it was released here in May?

It sank.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 15, 2009 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Damn...too bad.

Oh well, as in all things, Rob, my movie "bar" is about as low as it gets (to most every movie related inquiry I spout "oh, yeah! I loved it!" and then they let me know how bad it was...and I say..."well, yeah...I can see that...").

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Poster: cush212 Date: Nov 15, 2009 1:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Hey Brother and most supreme Prime Minister and Emperor of 1968 Tell (now how's that for a title???) I may have something to run by you personally a little later this week... You still using the same email I have from a coupe years ago? Mine is still the same, let me know...

Gotta run for now, might be back a little later...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 15, 2009 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Dead albums in '66 huh? Hmmm.....

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Poster: DianaW Date: Nov 15, 2009 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Right, that's what I mean. The guy is supposed to have had like a whole *room* full of them, lining every wall. In '66.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 15, 2009 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

With flashy covers no less! :D

In a way, it's too bad, as Pirate Radio itself is an interesting subject, worthy of a more accurate film than this.

And Deyz mentioned 'Wooden Heart... Elvis singing in German. It's strange, but it sure isn't rock n' roll. Didn't the BBC allow like, 1 hour of real rock programming a week back then? I believe I heard that it was like that, so if you wanted more than an hour, piracy was the way to go... :D

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2009-11-15 19:37:06

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 15, 2009 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

The BBC weren't entirely oblivious to the fact that the Beatles etc were drawing crowds and record companies were signing them up. For two hours on a Saturday morning there was a programme called 'Saturday Club' (I know, blinding) where some of the music was by these young upstarts. It was presented by someone who sounded like he was wearing a tie, and older than my dad.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 15, 2009 2:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pirate Radio

Oh yes, there are Beatles' 'Saturday Club' sessions on their 'Live At The BBC' album. Complete with host. Not only a tie, he also sounds like he's wearing a lab coat (a La George Martin.)